Ireland is expected to experience mixed weather this week as outbreaks of rain have spread across the country with some clear spells in places.
Over the weekend, Met Eireann predicted that snow would arrive on the heights. However, this week will see a dramatic turnaround in conditions.
The national forecaster has identified the weather to be expected as people take to the streets to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the first time since the pandemic began.
The south and east will see the best conditions as sunny spells peak through cloud, with occasional showers also expected.
A forecaster said: ‘A few showers tomorrow and again Wednesday but other than that very little precipitation showing on the weather models for the next 7-10 days. We could see a nice period of rest for the rest of the month.’
Here’s a more detailed look at this week’s predictions.
Monday March 14
Monday will start with a cloudy start with spells of rain spreading eastwards, but a dry morning for much of Munster with some sunshine.
Sunny periods will develop elsewhere during the morning as the rain clears. Becoming largely dry with just scattered light showers.
Maximum temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.
Tonight will be dry and cold under clear skies. Frost and fog patches will form in generally light southerly breezes.
Lowest temperatures from -2 to +2 degrees.
tuesday march 15
A dry and cloudy start for most of the country tomorrow with the best chance of clear weather in the east.
Rain and drizzle will slowly move into western coastal areas throughout the morning and spread to the western half of the country throughout the day.
It will be a mostly dry day further east. High temperatures generally 7-10 degrees with light to moderate southerly winds, cooler winds in Atlantic counties.
The night will be cloudy to overcast with periods of rain or drizzle in light and variable winds.
Clearing will develop in western areas later overnight.
Wednesday March 16
Cloudy and humid conditions are expected Wednesday, with rain and drizzle to start in most areas.
Drier and sunnier weather in the west will spread eastward through the morning, clearing up in eastern counties later in the afternoon.
Scattered showers will also follow.
High temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in light to moderate northwesterly winds.
A dry, clear night with light winds to begin with. However, clouds will thicken from the west overnight, with some showers moving across the Atlantic overnight.
Thursday March 17
St. Patrick’s Day will bring a mix of well-scattered showers with dry and sunny spells.
The longest dry spells will occur in the south and east. High temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with moderate to cool winds from the southwest.
Becoming dry Thursday evening with long clear stretches and light southerly winds. Lows of 2 to 5 degrees.
Friday 18th March
Friday currently seems to bring a lot of dry weather with sunny spells.
Clouds will form a little during the day, with some drizzle possible in the south.
High of 9 to 12 degrees. Selling windy at times with moderate to fresh southerly winds.